The one name that came forth during the infamous Samajwadi Party's 'pari-war' last year was that of Mulayam Singh Yadav's second wife Sadhna Yadav.
She was named the key player behind the feud which saw the emergence of two camps, that of Mulayam Yadav and his son Akhilesh. This was then followed by expulsion and induction of uncles and other members from the party and of course, the fight over the 'cycle' symbol.
Sadhna Yadav went on to trash the claims of 'step-motherly treatment' towards Akhilesh and has again spoken as Uttar Pradesh enters its final voting phase on 8 March.
In an interview on Tuesday, she said that she has been more in conversation with Akhilesh since the beginning of this year and is vouching for him to be the Chief Minister again.
“He respects Netaji (Mulayam Singh) and me a lot,” she said.
While speaking about the internal conflict, Sadhna said that Akhilesh had been misled and she “felt bad for what happened in the family”.
No matter what, nobody should have disrespected Netaji. It is he who founded and nurtured the party.
With Yadav bahus – Aparna and Dimple – actively contesting elections, why did Sadhna Yadav never enter the fray?
“Netaji ne nahi aane diya, par haan background mein kaam karte rahe (Netaji never let me enter politics, but I’ve been working in the background).”
(With inputs from ANI.)